October 2017 Newsletter

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Daigaku recently gave a talk titled ‘Don’t Think Good, Don’t Think Bad’ at Shinzo Zen Meditation Center in University City. A recording of the talk can be found here: Don’t Think Good; Don’t Think Bad

“The Essence of Zen” Study Group resumes on October 12th
Our ongoing study group starts up again this Thursday evening, Oct. 12th, and will meet for five Thursday evenings through Nov. 16th (there will be no class on Oct. 26th). The class is from 7-8:30 pm with 30 minutes of zazen at the end of each class.
“The Essence of Zen” is a collection of talks by Daigaku’s teacher, Rev. Sekkei Harada, one of the great Zen masters of our time and still currently the abbot of Hosshinji Monastery in Fukui, Japan. Daigaku translated this book from Japanese to English. Cost $20 for members and $40 for non-members
Please call 314-669-4465 or email to confluencezen@gmail.com to register.

One Day Sit, Sunday, October 15th
One Day Sitting 8 am to 4:30 pm
Take time for yourself to sit zazen meditation. Sit zazen with other sangha
members. A way to rejuvenate with minimal distractions.
The Dharma talk will be on the ‘Fukanzazengi’ , one of Eihei Dogen’s great
writings on Zazen meditation. You can sit all day or for any zazen period. See website for schedule.
Please enter and exit quietly.

Walk to Feed the Hungry, October 22nd
2017 “Walk to Feed the Hungry” to Benefit Buddhist Global Relief
8:00 AM- 11:30 AM in Tower Grove Park
Meet at the Sons of Rest Pavilion
If you’re unable to attend the event, Confluence Zen Center will be collecting canned goods which will be donated to this cause.
Upcoming Beginner’s Nights November 6th and December 4th
Thirty minutes of instruction begins at 6:30 pm followed by two short periods of zazen meditation and 5 minutes of kinhin, walking meditation. Zazen begins at 7:00 pm. E-mail confluencezen@gmail.com to register.

Rohatsu Sesshin, Nov. 29th -Sunday Dec. 3rd
From Wednesday, November 29th through Sunday, Dec. 3rd, we will have Rohatsu Sesshin (A “sesshin” is a period of especially intense devotion to zazen). This is a time to dedicate yourself completely to zazen.
See website for schedule.

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The recent ‘Introduction to Zen Meditation’ class.

This class is offered twice a year at CZC. In this class, we study the history of Zen as well as the main principles of Zen practice.

Our Yard Sale in September was a great success. Thanks to Kathy Albers for organizing it and to everyone who donated items and helped out on the day of the sale. It was a great time for the Sangha to come together and work. It was also great fun!

Previous Newsletters
May, 2017
April, 2017
February, 2017
January, 2017
December, 2016
November, 2016